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Article about Kenneth A. Shaw's address at a commencement ceremony at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. The article concerns how university graduates should perceive their new degrees as investments that, should they fail to capitalize on them, will render them intellectually obsolete in ten to fifteen years. Shaw draws this conclusion in recognition of the world as an increasingly changing place, and quotes Peter F. Drucker's views on human weakness to contextualize his perspective. The article goes on to provide information regarding the honorary doctorates awarded to both Drucker and President Senghor before discussing the importance of perseverance, domestic racial disparities in unemployment, and relevant world issues such as terrorism and energy resource waste.